Black + Moffat's St. Paul's Anglican Church in Toronto
The church’s goals of universal access, security, and flexibility will be achieved by the addition of buildings that physically connect the three historic buildings: New Church, Old Church and Cody Hall. The internal renovations will clarify the plan and reveal beautiful historic features, i.e. wood and truss ceilings, stained glass windows and stonework that have been concealed for decades. The proposal for the additional floor areas consists of three additions, including a subtle glass entry in a former driveway that will be used as a second narthex and atrium.
A primary goal of the proposed design is to integrate the existing buildings into a cohesive facility while maintaining the historic architectural expression. At present, the integrity of church facilities suffer because of the vehicular driveway, changes in floor levels and insensitive internal renovations.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church has been located at its present site since 1842. The site and buildings are among the most significant precincts of historic architecture in the City of Toronto. It is the largest Anglican Church in Canada and is of national significance.
The Old Church was constructed between 1857-60 with significant changes and expansions taking place in 1890, 1894, 1904, 1913 and 1828 and with many internal renovations in the intervening years. The New Church was constructed between1910-13 and accommodates approximately 1600 people. Cody Hall was dedicated in 1928 and contains an “Oxford” style auditorium for 250 seats, full size gymnasium, two-lane bowling alley, meeting rooms and classrooms.